Sauber Junior Team ready to kick off busy F2 sequence in France


18 June 2019
Paul Ricard is a track where we’ve had Formula V8 and F2 success before so that gives us confidence for this weekend

“Paul Ricard is a track where we’ve had Formula V8 and F2 success before so that gives us confidence for this weekend”


Bob Vavrik, Team Principal  

The Sauber Junior Team is ready to return to FIA Formula 2 Championship action at Circuit Paul Ricard in France this weekend (, kicking off a run of three race meetings in four weeks.

The driver development squad was formed for 2019 through a collaboration between Sauber Motorsport and multi-title winning team Charouz Racing System.

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz heads to the home of the French Grand Prix buoyed by a return of two podiums – in Azerbaijan and Spain – during the opening four rounds of the season.

This weekend’s French encounter is the first in a run of three quick-fire events that will also take the F2 teams and drivers to Spielberg in Austria (28-30 June) and Silverstone in Great Britain (12-14 July).

The 5.84km-long Paul Ricard circuit, a venue where Charouz Racing System scored an F2 podium in 2018, features medium- and high-speed corners, linked by a series of lengthy full-throttle straights.

Sauber Junior Team F2 drivers Callum Ilott and Juan Manuel Correa both raced at Circuit Paul Ricard last year in the GP3 series. Ferrari Driver Academy member Callum claimed a victory, while Juan Manuel was firmly in the points.

F2 practice and qualifying will take place on Friday with the 30-lap Feature Race scheduled for 16:45 on Saturday, and the reversed-grid 21-lap Sprint Race set to start at 11:25 on Sunday.

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System team owner, said: “Paul Ricard marks the beginning of a very busy period of F2 races. Our focus is on finding some good speed this weekend and then carrying that momentum into the following races in Austria and UK. Confidence within the team is high and we’re looking forward to the work that’s ahead.”

Bob Vavrik, Team Principal, said: “Since Monaco, we’ve had some time to analyse our performance and everyone is 100% committed to making a continual improvement. Our pace has been good recently but there are things we can do better. Paul Ricard is a track where we’ve had Formula V8 and F2 success before so that gives us confidence for this weekend.”

Callum Ilott said: “It should be a decent event for us. Last year, Charouz was very competitive in France so we’ll be looking to build on that. My progression is also on the up, so hopefully I can continue that and we can get the result I missed out on in Monaco after the technical issue on the Feature grid. Last year I got my first win in GP3 at Paul Ricard and I was competitive in qualifying as well, so I’m confident we can enjoy a strong weekend.”

Juan Manuel Correa said: “We’ve definitely had the pace so far this season but results-wise we’ve missed out recently. It’s frustrating, but the most important thing is that in the races we’ve shown strong pace and that we can fight at the front. I know Paul Ricard from racing there last year. It will be the second track this year that I’ve already raced at so I’m expecting that to help.”

Paul Ricard is a track where we’ve had Formula V8 and F2 success before so that gives us confidence for this weekend

“Paul Ricard is a track where we’ve had Formula V8 and F2 success before so that gives us confidence for this weekend”


Bob Vavrik, Team Principal  
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